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3 Ways to Make Your Small Rooms Appear Larger in NY, NJ

3 Ways to Make Your Small Rooms Appear Larger in NY, NJ

When the rooms in your New Jersey or New York home aren’t large or built with expansive windows, you have to get creative to make up for the lack of natural sunlight. Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro replacement windows are designed to maximize light levels. Here are a few decorating tips that will “trick the eye” into thinking small rooms are larger. (more…)

7 Popular Home Updates to Consider Adding to Your Replacement Window Project to Improve Resale Value

7 Popular Home Updates to Consider Adding to Your Replacement Window Project to Improve Resale Value

If you have already decided to update your New Jersey or New York metropolitan home with replacement windows this year to improve resale potential in the future, Congratulations! Today’s buyers are looking for energy-efficient features that make their homes more affordable and comfortable. And, some studies show most are willing to pay more to get a move-in-ready home that won’t require anything more than a few tweaks after the closing. To help you get your renovation project organized for resale, we’ve listed 7 of the most popular home updates that are worth the investment of time and money below. (more…)

Create a Perfect Kitchen or Bath with Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro Replacement Windows

New Jersey New York Replacement Windows Kitchens BathsSince 1982, the National Kitchen and Bath Association has encouraged homeowners to kick of their holiday season planning in October. Last month, homeowners throughout New Jersey and New York marked the “official” start of the festive season by tackling home improvement projects designed to get their homes in shape for entertaining and to improve the function and beauty after all the guests go home and the New Year rolls in.

Whether you participated in the annual event, or weren’t even aware there is a whole month dedicated to these two vital rooms in your home, it’s not too late to make a grand statement with new replacement windows and patio doors.

Functionality & Replacement Window Styles for New Jersey & New York
Home decorators and design architects have certain standards they use when they are planning a kitchen makeover for their clients. For example, even if a customer really, really, really wants an island, it isn’t practical if there isn’t enough space to properly use it. Minimum clearance standards near a range allows for comfortable traffic patterns, ensures people don’t bump against an open oven to access lower storage on the island, appliance doors fully open, etc. When a homeowner doesn’t have room for an island, designers often provide alternatives like a peninsula or other options that don’t compromise safety or convenience.

Selecting the right replacement window styles for your New Jersey or New York home is similar to deciding whether an island or a peninsula will work better in your kitchen. You may really love the way casement windows look, but if there isn’t enough clearance you won’t be able to use them correctly and the windows may not be able to perform as designed.

Replacement windows are available in many styles to fit various settings, like kitchen and bathrooms. Here are a few examples of how different windows fit different settings.

  • Sliding windows and patio doors are well-suited to rooms where floor space is limited or you want to avoid blocking traffic patterns.
  • Awning windows push out so, they are perfect for shower areas and installation high on the wall. Single handle operation also makes this style a good option over the kitchen sink.
  • Similar to awning windows, hoppers have a single lever, but they are hinged at the bottom and open into the room. These windows are an excellent choice for installation where they will be high on the wall, but outward operation would block a walk way or landscaping would prevent proper opening. However, unlike awning window styles, hoppers would not necessarily work well over a sink unless there is enough clearance so the window will not interfere with using the sink and cooking activities in the room.
  • Fixed windows offer superior sound transfer control and the highest energy-efficiency rating. They are well suited to areas in the kitchen and bathroom where you want to showcase a view, and already have adequate ventilation from operable windows in the room.

Designing for Beauty
One of the wonderful benefits of modern technology is the ability to customize replacement windows to fit your home décor. For our New Jersey or New York Metro customers who recently upgraded their rooms, we offer stainable interiors that allow you to precisely match the cabinetry and woodwork in your new kitchen. Plus, you can mix or match hardware to blend into the window appearance or stand out as an eye-drawing element. The hardware styles also help you coordinate your overall decorating scheme. You may choose a simple style or add a touch of elegance with our exclusive line of hardware in the Estate Collection. Even custom grille patterns can be designed to complement existing crown molding and trim work in your new rooms.

Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro Replacement Window & Patio Door Options for Kitchens & Bathrooms

Every month is a good month to upgrade, worn out windows with custom-built, high-quality replacement products in New York and New Jersey. Winter is coming and you don’t want to have to spend another  season struggling to keep your home comfortable until spring. Installing new ENERGY STAR certified replacement windows now will likely save you money on your heating bills this winter. And, if this one turns out to be like last winter, you need all the help you can get controlling your utility expenses. Fill in the short form on this page for more information or give us a call toll-free at 888-826-2451 to request more information about updating your kitchen and bath windows today.

Download our Free Guide to New Jersey & New York Metro Replacement Windows

New Jersey New York Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!

3 Reasons New Jersey & New York Replacement Window & Patio Door Hinges & Hardware Aren’t Small Details

Replacment Windows New Jersey New York Patio Doors HardwareReplacement window and patio door customers in New Jersey & New York Metro are savvy, well-informed consumers. Most of the time when we meet a new area resident looking for information about upgrading their homes with replacement windows and patio doors, they have already done extensive online research, read peer reviews and talked to their friends about brands and performance. Despite all their research, however, one thing that many people don’t consider during the initial research phase is hardware.

Let’s talk about hardware and hinges for bit.

Why Does Replacement Window Hardware Matter?

1. Hinges support the weight of your window sections that open and close, but they do more than just hang there. Beyond enabling you to simply open and close your windows, certain hinge types allow you to open a window wider than normal to avoid brick work or molding. Some concealed hinges allow you to access exterior window surfaces from inside for cleaning and polishing. There are even hinges that allow window sections to pivot 360 degrees.

It’s important to discuss window operation and hinges with your replacement window specialists. Let us know how you plan to use each window. For example, every room should have an egress window to serve as an emergency exit in the event a fire breaks out or another dangerous situation arises. The window styles you choose and the hinges supporting those styles are important throughout your home, but more essential for special circumstance like emergency egress.

Hinges also allow you to design your French-style patio doors for either outswing operation or opt for a traditional swing-in motion.

2. Some window styles have more prominent hardware elements than others. For example, casement window levers that enable multi-point locking systems that improve security and are highly effective for blocking moisture and air infiltration are noticeable from almost every angle in your rooms. If you install casement windows, you’ll want to carefully consider finishes and colors depending on whether you want your hardware to blend into the overall window design or be highlighted.

Speaking of casement windows, did you know it is possible in some settings to decide whether you want your windows hinged on the left or right side? This option gives you more design possibilities like positioning two casements beside each other where one opens from the left and the other from the right. This configuration allows you to capture maximum ventilation during cool summer nights when you want to turn off the air conditioner and on those moderate days when you want to air out your home after a gentle rain shower.

3. Color and finishes allow you to draw the eye toward your windows and replacement patio doors. If you prefer, you can also choose a more subtle, barely noticeable design that enhances the overall presentation without it being obvious. Our visualization app lets you snap pictures of your home and compare various styles and finishes so you can see for yourself what a huge difference the little details make.

You may have never thought about how important hinges, locks, operational levers and handles are, but they impact ease of operation, convenience, energy-efficiency, air and moisture infiltration and the overall appearance of your home. In the grand scheme of things, they may seem like little details, but paying attention to the little things during the design phase helps ensure you’ll be satisfied with your windows and doors once they are installed in your home.

Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro: Focusing on the Little Details

Naturally, we want all of our replacement window and patio door customers in New Jersey and New York to have all the information they need to make informed decisions about their replacement window investment. During our no-obligation home consultation we discuss energy-efficiency ratings, best-fit glazing options for every window based on lot orientation and sun exposure and our extensive color combinations. But, we also help you consider the little details like custom grille patterns and hardware that help you create comfortable, beautiful spaces.

Need more information about Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and patio doors? We’re here to help. Just give us a quick call at 1-888-826-2451 or fill in the short form on this page for more information.

 

Download our Free Guide to New Jersey & New York Metro Replacement Windows

New Jersey New York Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

Click Here to Download Now!

LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!

Beautiful Replacement Windows Deserve Beautiful Window Treatments in New Jersey & New York

New Jersey New York Window TreatmentsThe most beautiful windows in New Jersey and New York deserve the most beautiful window treatments. At Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro, we can help you out with the windows—but when it comes to dressing them, you’re mostly on your own, but we would like to offer you a few tips to help get you started.

Whether your home is traditional or contemporary, whether you’re looking for casual shades or elaborate drapes for the dining room, deciding on window treatment fabrics and styles can be a an exciting project or a daunting task. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, these ideas might be the inspiration you need to create inviting, stunning indoor spaces for your guests and family.

BambooShadesEdit1. Bamboo Shades
Not just for the hippy-dippy among us, bamboo shades are making a comeback. Choose lighter or darker shades depending on your color preference and enjoy the breezy look, which pairs well with traditional to modern décor in any room that needs a breath of fresh air.

Bamboo shades are typically designed to raise and lower just like blinds, but with distinctly upgraded style, so you can adjust them easily to allow as much natural light or privacy as you want. They’re a perfect, streamlined option in areas where you don’t want the bulk of traditional curtains.

RomanShadesEdit2. Roman Shades
Mounted behind a cornice board, roman shades look just as sophisticated as their traditional-curtain counterparts, but they disappear entirely when you want to show off your beautiful new Renewal by Andersen window.

Perfect for double-hung windows, because styles allow both top-down and down-up operation, Roman shades give any space a tailored look. Go with neutral white or tan for shades that blend seamlessly into your decor, or choose a bright pop of color to make things interesting!

PlantationShutters3. Plantation Shutters
Not just for Southern homes, shutters offer incredible versatility and style in an unexpected place. Shutters embrace an architectural feel that allows you to direct streaming sunlight with the same versatility as blinds. And, interior shutters can be built to suit any window—even custom arched windows that are so difficult to dress with curtains and drapes.

Choose a stained wood, or classic painted white shutters, for an option that blends effortlessly with almost any color scheme.

high-mount4. High-Mounted Curtain Panels
Interior designers have a secret: mounting curtains higher than the top of your window adds visual height to a room. Whether you go all the way to the ceiling or opt to mount the rod several inches above the top of your window trim, you’ll make your space feel taller and airier when you give them a little extra height.

This trick also gives simple curtain panels the feel of a custom treatment without the cost! On windows that you wish were larger, you can also opt to hang curtains a little (or a lot!) wider than the windows themselves to create the illusion of larger windows and more open space.

layers5. Sophisticated Layers
Coupling a gauzy sheer with a solid curtain panel offers the utmost in privacy and light control, while adding intriguing layers of ephemeral style—especially if you choose differing shades of the same color. This is the perfect option for framing a large fixed window with a view or patio doors.

To keep things simple and avoid overwhelming your space with a wall of color, go with lighter tones that complement your color scheme. You’ll need to hang two rows of rods and pair them with curtains that slide easily open or closed for best results.

Tips for Choosing the Right Style for the Right Replacement Window

If you’ve already ordered your replacement windows for your New Jersey or New York Metropolitan home, you’ll want to choose window treatments that complement the style and allow you to take advantage of the custom features you selected. Think about the glazing choices you made. Perhaps you need a room darkening shade for an area where you opted to skip the factory treatment that reduces light transmission. Or, if you’ve ordered a patterned glass, you may want a tied curtain or drapery style that doesn’t block the built-in decorative elements.

Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro Replacement Windows and Patio Doors: Decorate with Confidence

Your new replacement windows give your home’s curb appeal a fresh, new look and feel. Don’t stop at the front door, choose your window treatments intentionally to enhance the interior and exterior appearance.
If you’re still considering upgrading your home windows, we can help. Give us a call toll-free at 1-888-826-2451 to schedule a private, no-obligation home consultation. For your convenience, you may also fill in the short form on this page to request a call back or more information about our portfolio of replacement window and patio door options.

Download our Free Guide to New Jersey & New York Metro Replacement Windows

New Jersey New York Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

Click Here to Download Now!

LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!

3 Times to Check Your New Jersey & New York Replacement Window Warranty

Warranty Considerations When Updating Your New Jersey or New York Metropolitan Area Home

New Jersey & New York Replacement Window WarrantyWhen you purchase replacement windows or patio doors for your New Jersey or New York Metro home, you expect them to last for as long as you live in your home. Part of your peace of mind with your new home improvement products lies in their warranty coverage, so you want to be sure not to do anything that might compromise that warranty.

There are three home upgrade projects that could potentially impact your replacement window and patio door warranty coverage:

  1. Upgrading security systems
  2. Repainting interior surfaces
  3. Installing options to improve comfort or aesthetics, such as shutters and awnings.

Let’s take a look at why your decisions require careful consideration.

1. Updating Security Systems

Many security experts consider windows the weakest element in a home. Criminals looking for entrance often seek out unlocked doors and windows. If you’re looking for windows that bolster security, consider a window style with multipoint locking mechanisms and laminated or heat treated glass which is stronger than standard glass options.

If you’re considering upgrading your existing security system and you’ve already installed new replacement products, do your research before making a decision.

Most perimeter security systems have some type of technology to protect against unwanted intrusion via windows and doors. Wired systems may involve drilling into the window frame. Modifying your windows could reduce their energy efficiency and allow moisture and air infiltration as well as void your warranty.

Wireless security systems are preferable to protect your window investment. Consult your warranty policy or contact a Renewal by Andersen consultant before you modify your system to ensure your family is protected and you aren’t compromising your coverage.

2. Updating Your Decorating Scheme

Whether you’re getting ready to add new shutters or awnings to the outside of your home, or you’re thinking of changing the interior décor, it’s essential to review your warranty policy before you invest in home improvement supplies.

Stainable window and door interiors are designed to give you the freedom to change colors and textures to match your current decorating schemes, but protecting your investment means you must follow a few simple guidelines.

  • Finish interior wood surfaces immediately after installation to protect your surfaces. Leaving interiors unstained may lead to wood warping or bowing, discoloration or other damage.
  • Be especially careful not to get paint the important weather-stripping, vinyl, glass or hardware.
  • If you choose to paint Perma-Shield cladding, remember you are creating a surface that will require routine resurfacing. Because dark colors absorb heat, we recommend you only resurface cladding with light colors for best results, pastels are preferable.
  • Painting the vinyl sheath on Perma-Shield sliding patio doors may cause surface damage and is not recommended.
  • Remove any paint residue from glass immediately. Avoid using sharp scraping tools. Instead use a cloth or plastic scraper that will not damage special coatings or mar glass panels.

Read your warranty and care and maintenance literature thoroughly before beginning a redecorating project. When it doubt, it’s best to check with your replacement window representative for guidance and clarification about what treatments and modifications will impact warranty coverage.

3. Modifying Replacement Windows & Adding Accessories

Your Renewal by Andersen warranty does not cover accessories installed on or adjacent to your replacement windows and patio doors. This means that you’ll be responsible for any construction costs associated with installing awnings and shutters.

If your contractor damages glass, frames, trim or other components during the upgrade, your warranty will not cover the cost of repairing or replacement those parts or products.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re considering modifying your new windows.

  • When installing awnings and shutters, avoid drilling into frames or placing screws in places that impact operation.
  • Affixing tints and film to glass panels will alter performance and void certain parts of your warranty coverage.
  • Hiring anyone other than an authorized Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro technician to modify your windows and patio doors impacts your warranty.

Contact Renewal by Andersen of Central New Jersey & New York Metro for Guidance Before You Update Your Home

Renewal by Andersen home improvement products are precision-built to perform perfectly for as long as you live in your home. Of course, we understand you want the freedom to create beautiful, aesthetically pleasing spaces. Upgrading security systems gives homeowners peace of mind and in this day and age, adding another layer of security to protect your family is practical.

To help you achieve your goals, we’ll be happy to review your upgrade plan with you and go over issues that may impact your warranty coverage. If you haven’t installed replacement windows and patio doors yet, we welcome the opportunity to discuss security systems, decorative features like shutters and awnings and design features to improve comfort and curb appeal.

Give us a call at 1-888-826-2451 or fill in the short form on this page to discuss your options.

Download our Free Guide to Getting the Perfect Replacement Windows for You & Your Family

New Jersey New York Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

Click Here to Download Now!

LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!